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Roger Fry flags off Raymond Rollo in Capri

   Campbell Sunbeam Talbot

  Geoff Douglas Daimler Dart

William Fountain's reserve, the 1968 Mercedes
Anderson Roadster with     'followers' at Start of the 'Rest'

Roy Grant lines up MGB/GT on the hairpin at the Rest

Raymond Rollo at top of the Rest

Alan Duncan's Celica takes in the view from the top of the Rest.

The two Marcos Mantarays of alex Sneddon and Aeneas McGhie looking great at the finish.

Morgan ready for the sprint up the Rest

     And again at the top

      Keith McCurrah Imp

Alan Duncan's Toyota Celica takes in the view at the top of the Rest and be Thankful

David Chapman checks his MGA after run up the Rest

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Argyll Classic Run - 7 April 2013
Report by jim Paterson
Photos - Alan Duncan, David Ross, Christoph Kulli, Maurice Millar

Fifty Classic and sporting cars started the Caledonian Classic and Historic Motor Sport Club's (CCHMSC)  Argyll Classic Run from the shores of Loch Lomond on Sunday 7th April. Always a popular event, attracting many owners bringing their classic out from the winter hibernation for the first time. This year as a special treat the 130 mile route through the Trossachs countryside would take in the Rest and be Thankful,  popular in the fifties and sixties as a hillclimb venue in the British national championship. The Argyll would be the first classic event on this private road through Glen Croe following a complete resurfacing of the badly deteriorated surface by Traffic Scotland, which will now be used to bypass landslips that close the nearby A83 road, as has happened several times in the past two years, and meant a 90 mile diversion to reach parts of Argyll.

Hugh Mackinnon brought along his 1951 Jaguar XK120 to lead off the starters, local man Ollie Ross reading the tulip roadbook. Alan Gibb in his green, now very rare 1954 Swallow Doretti, see above, followed the Jaguar. MGA's, E Type Jaguars and Triumph TR's, and Stag  followed on,
chased by a group of MGB roadsters, GT's and a beautiful V8 model. Margaret and Donald Campbell were not to be out done in their 1955 Sunbeam Talbot. It was a close thing after the head gasket let go earlier in the week .  David Allan in a 1968 Sunbeam Tiger was looking forward to a spirited drive up the Rest as was Geoff Douglas in his 1961 Daimler Dart on its first outing since an extensive engine rebuild over the winter. Alaister Muir  in his 1966 Triumph TR4 was enjoying the hairpin on the hillclimb, as you can see in the photo above. Guy Pate was driving a pristine example of Ford's Corsair. His 1966 example has not been welded at all he told me. Quite a feat for this age of car. 

Christoph Kulli brought his outstanding 1962 Jaguar E Type along, but that is not the co-driver on the roof. This is the mascot.
Natalie Cook was far more attractive and did a great job reading  the roadbook and steering Christoph to the finish. 

The group of Jaguar XK's would have been even greater had William Fountain's XK150 not blown an exhaust gasket on the way from home in London. The failure some 100 miles north of London could have spelt diaster, but a slow trip home which as he described ' everyone three streets away could hear us'  allowed a quick change into his 1968 Mercedes. The car performed well and allowed he and son Finlay to enjoy the Run. 

We even had our own recovery vehicle should someone slip off the road into a snow bank. Phil Hannah entered his 1961 Landrover Series 2A , and with Steven Blair navigating. With plaenty of tow rings on the big steel bumpers, and strong  ropes in the back, it would be no problem to rescue anyone they cam across if they were stuck in a ditch. Fortunately the crew were not put to the test.

We were well into the seventies now and Alan Duncan had been working on the carbs of his 1974 Toyota Celica. Some slight 'gassing' on the way up the Rest soon cleared. The 1974 Hillman Imp of Keith and Linda McCurrah looked straight from the Linwood factory where it was built. We lost one of our crews, John and Mary ducker in their 1971 MGB/GT. So close but so far, the MG started to play up at Tyndrum. With home being Fort William the decision was to head north and home to avoid a permanent stop.

Gordon Anderson arrived in his 1979 Anderson Special which took part in the clubs Ecosse to Monaco tour during the Monte Carlo Historique Rallye from the Glasgow Start back in January.  This time with wife Anne on the roadbook the pair managed almost to the end with the top down, but succumbed with the others on the road to Braco.

Sporting cars joined the tour and Toyota MR2, Mazda MX5's , and a Honda S2000 enjoyed the trip with us. Several Morgans of all ages were their, Scotland having a good following for this manufacturer. We had not one but two Marcos Mantarays from the late 1990's. These are great looking cars but the single track roads the route covered proved a little bit too low and reports of scraping undersides were heard at the finish. The two TVR's, a Tuscan and S3, had similar tales to report. The odd Porsche and MGF completed the entries.

Following some 'spirited' driving up the Rest and be Thankful the crews headed through 'Hells Glen' a twisting single track, on their way to Inverary, before heading north to Dalmally and into Glen Orchy,where we see Donald Brown and Mike Gatshall brave the cold in their 1964 Lotus 7. The mountains were still snow topped and the temperature was hovering down toward zero but so far dry. That would soon turn as snow flurries forcing the less hardy in the soft tops to raise their hoods, to stop their faces turning blue!

Down through Tyndrum, Crianlarich, to Comrie and over to Braco where more snow showers caught the crews on the high ground. Not to worry nearly at the finish in Stirling where a warm reception and meal awaited the finishers, along with awards to remember the day.

Margaret Betteley  drove in luxury in her 1988 Bentley with Andrew Green on the road book. She told me that they had to hold their breath on some of the narrow single track sections but enjoyed some roads they had never driven before.

The club was raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support,and a raffle over dinner collected £350 which, with donations and a contribution from the club, reached just over £500.  Bill Murray should have joined us in the only Triumph Spitfire on the list but a failed fuel pump forced him to withdraw his entry at the last minute. However he very kindly donated his entry fee to the Macmillan fund, for which they and we at the club are very grateful.

Luckily the route avoided extremes like this snow bank that Graham Cox and Maurice Millar drove through on their way home after the event.  Everyone breath in moment to squeeze through. And this is spring in Scotland they tell me!

Huge thanks to all who took part in both the event and raising funds for Macmillan. A special thanks to all the marshals that helped out on the day as well.

Visit the CCHMSC website to see what other classic events are being organised for 2013 at

 See  a whole load more photos of the day at Alan Duncans flickr site  HERE

Hugh McKinnon XK waits for his run up the Rest behind Alan Duncan's Celica

Archie Simmonds in MGF at top of the Rest

Checkout the Events page for other exciting events being organised for Classic  enthusiasts later this year

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Updated 8 April 2013